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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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BC bound; AK to MT.

So I got the truck/camper loaded up; single hand, switch, spey rods and pontoon boat... extra rain gear, etc... gearing up for two weeks of fishing BC waters before crossing the boarder into Montana.

what I'm looking for now is a few words of wisdom or advice about back roads, campsites, and rivers... not looking for "hot spots" or honey holes... just a point in the right direction. I have a basic BC road map but was wondering if there's a more detailed atlas out there with back roads/logging roads/access roads to some more remote rivers for fishing...? Campsites to check out or avoid? Shuttle recommendations? Hot springs?

My plan is to drive down the Cassiar until I start to see fishy water... probably gonna check out the Bell-Irving, Nass, Kispiox first.... then onto Terrace or Smithers and figure it out from there. I know I have lots of options at this point... Most likely, I'll do some reconn first, then repeat the float the next day with fly rod, as it looks like I'll be paying a fortune in license fees if I fish every day for two weeks.

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A really good book is called the Backroad Mapbook. They are split into the different sections of BC. YOu can usually find them in any gas station or walmarts/cdn tire, many stores carry them.

I also have the British Columbia Recreational Atlas which is the entire province in one book but not as zoomed in as the Backroad Mapbook. There's also a different one I saw in Walmart but don't remember what its called.

The Backroad Mapbook also has a fishing section of most of the rivers and lakes in the area which is also helpful. They are about 25 bucks but definately worth it.
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Cassier is closed I believe

Had a huge flood of the Bell Irving river about 3-4weeks ago. the flood washed out the road in several places. My understanding is that the road is closed to thru traffic, but as of about a week or so ago you could drive up the road from Kitwanga to the Bell2 lodge. You should be able to find the road status on some BC website.
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When you get into Montana you might want to try to find a map that shows the U.S. Forest Service roads. After getting your hands on one of those, you should have plenty of places to explore. Since the maps of this type don't usually show any contours or vegetation you should suppliment this with USGS topo maps to supply the missing info. After that, you just seek out the kind of land where you prefer to camp(which best fits your camping skill set)and concentrate on those roads. Many of these roads have "unimproved" campsites which vary in quality. You'll need to carry your own water, ice, etc and, of course, always keep on the alert for any recent bear sign in any area that you are considering camping in. You certainly don't want to be the poor, unsuspecting guy who comes into one of these spots after some "slob campers" have just left it because of bear problems that their uninformed camping methods have invited!! Being from the 50th state you'll be no stanger to what I'm talking about, but the "average" camper in the lower 48 is apt to be several notches below the folks up where you are from so it pays to be careful. Good luck on your trip!
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The highway is open to single lane guided traffic either on even or odd hour. Google BC. road report for correct time. I think on your side the convoy leaves from Bobquin airport.
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www.drivebc.ca for BC road conditions etc.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-11-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the references and PM's everyone... it looks as though only 37A is closed with partial delays.

leaving tomorrow if all goes well!

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